Set up by the World Federation for Mental Health in 1992, the event takes place every year on 10th October with the objective of raising awareness of mental health issues and supporting all mental health stakeholders in their work changing attitudes.
In many ways, mental health is just like physical health; everybody has it and we need to look after it. Good mental health means being generally able to think, feel and react in the ways that you need and want to live your life.
But if you go through a period of poor mental health you might find the ways you’re frequently thinking, feeling or reacting become difficult, or even impossible, to cope with. This can feel just as bad as a physical illness, or even worse.
One in four of us will experience a mental health problem each year, so looking after your wellbeing is really important. We all have times when we feel a bit down, stressed out or anxious. Most of the time these feelings soon pass, but for some of us those feelings can develop and start to affect our ability to lead a happy, healthy life.
Mind, the leading mental health charity, was chosen to become the EFL’s Official Charity Partner for two years starting at the beginning of the current campaign, with both organisations uniting behind the power of football to improve the nation’s mental health and wellbeing.
Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem, but hundreds of thousands of people are still struggling.
Since launching their strategy in 2012, they have seen some significant changes in mental health. In just six years, public attitudes are improving, support is growing, and mental health is high on the political agenda.
Because of Mind, millions more people have access to advice and support thanks to their information and services nationally and locally, in England and Wales. They are building on change, but they know there is much more to do.
We are encouraging all Hull City supporters to donate what they can to the charity to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
Donate £3 by texting FOOTBALL to 70660. That money could go towards saving a life.
To find your nearest Mind charity, please visit: mind.org.uk/information-support/local-minds/
EFL guides have been designed to offer support and advice to people. Working with NHS the self help guides provide information on some of the Mental Health conditions. You can access the guides HERE.
Visit mind.org.uk/football for more information.